Feedback from tour players and consumers when it comes to golf balls is often a familiar story - more distance without sacrificing spin and feel around the greens.
But despite facing these familiar challenges, the methods and innovations used by Nike in the construction of their RZN golf balls have been quite unique.
Rory McIlroy had great success with the Nike RZN Black ball in 2014 and 2015 and put the latest iteration into play towards the end of last year where he clinched the Race to Dubai with a win at the DP World Tour Championship.
Of the new ball, which we now know to be the RZN Tour Black, Rory said: “The ball feels much softer, yet I’ve maintained my ball speed and even picked up a few yards overall.
“It’s easily the best combination of distance and feel I’ve ever played.”
So what technology makes the new four-piece RZN Tour Black and RZN Tour Platinum so good?
The RZN material used at the core of the Nike golf balls is very light and fast but the 2016 version is softer to give that added feel - without sacrificing the speed.
The new version now has X’s added to squares on the core - which Nike call the Speedlock X Core - which results in a greater contact to the next layer and therefore a greater energy transfer. This results in more speed and more distance.
The RZN core is also 10 per cent larger which helps the ball continue spinning once it starts. This can help the ball maintain its line better towards the end of its trajectory - even in a crosswind.
The outer layer of the ball features what Nike call the Flightsuit cover. This means each ball has 13,588 micro dimples to reduce drag and increase carry distance.
Surrounding the core, the Speedlock Mantle and its Speedlock grooves help engage the cover of the golf ball for greater spin on shorter shots with high-lofted clubs.
The RZN Tour Black offers lower-spin distance and while the Platinum promotes for mid-spin control.
In addition to the RZN Tour, Nike Golf engineers also created the RZN Speed golf balls, two new three-piece constructed balls designed for ultimate forgiveness and softer feel.
The same Speedlock X Core technology from the RZN Tour ball helps maximise energy transfer for faster ball speed and ultimate forgiveness, while a softer RZN formulation provides a softer feel without sacrificing distance.
The RZN Speed ball will be available in two versions: Red for longer carry and White for softer feel.
The RZN Tour and RZN Speed golf balls will be available across Europe from February 12, and on from February 1.
SRP: RZN Tour £39.99 per dozen, RZN Speed 29.99 per dozen


The Acushnet Company's new Pinnacle golf balls are designed to give golfers best in category performance with what they claim is a choice of unbeatable distance from the Pinnacle Rush or the incredibly soft feel of the Pinnacle Soft.

Tested and manufactured by the company's world-class R&D Operations teams at their state-of-the-art research facilities in Massachusetts, Michael Mahoney, Director, Golf Ball Product Management, explains the vision for the latest Pinnacle products:

Pinnacle has been a long-standing leader in its segment of the market. Given our extensive performance testing of these products, we expect that this lead is likely to grow.

Pinnacle Rush is either longer, or longer and softer, than other top selling distance competitors that retail from £15 and below. Pinnacle Soft is longer and softer than the leading competitive products positioned as extremely soft or low compression.

Pinnacle Rush Golf Ball

The Pinnacle Rush uses a proprietary high-energy core to give fast ball speeds and distance on all full swings shots. It achieves this by combining a low compression core and a firm cover to produce a combination of high velocity from the face with low spin.

This is complemented by the advanced icosahedral cover whose 332 dimples give the Pinnacle Rush a consistent and powerful ball flight.

Although the durable ionmer cover is firmer than that used in the Pinnacle Soft it is still soft enough to provide great feel and the overall compression of the ball is lower than most other balls in the distance category giving it a very playable feel.

Available from January 2016 the Pinnacle Rush comes in Optic Yellow the has an RRP of £15 per dozen.


Pinnacle Soft Golf Ball

The Pinnacle Soft has a high-energy, extremely low compression core, making it Pinnacle's lowest compression core ever.

The core design delivers an extremely soft feel together with the low spin necessary to give the long distance that is expected from the Pinnacle brand.

The soft core is teamed with a very soft ionomer cover to make the Pinnacle Soft the softest-feeling Pinnacle ball ever made. Designed to meet the demands of players who are looking for soft feel on every shot, regardless of the club they are playing, the cover also features an advanced icosahedral dimple design with 332 dimples for consistent flight.

Available from January 2016 the Pinnacle Soft comes in White with either a black or pink play number graphics and has an RRP of £15 per dozen.


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